According to our records, there are a few hundred holocaust survivors still alive in all parts of Switzerland. From them, 124 are living in a financially difficult situation. In addition, there are an unknown number of survivors who do not want to be registered due to their state of severe post-trauma and some out of extreme fear that “history may be repeated” and prefer not to be identified as Jewish.
All Holocaust survivors have one thing in common: they cannot suppress their feelings and memories of persecution, deportation, selection, hunger, torture, forced labor and the killing of their loved ones. These are traumatic experiences, which despite the many years that have since passed, do not go away – they are part of the living memories of all Holocaust survivors.
According to the Claims Conference 50% of all Holocaust survivors worldwide live in poverty. They often live just on the breadline, with some even below the breadline.